Fisherman banned from fishing
A South Auckland man has lost his car, been banned from fishing for nine months and fined $4500 for a second conviction for selling his recreational catch.
Dallas Tai Williams, 32, was sentenced in Manukau District Court 3 July, after earlier pleading guilty to charges of selling his recreational catch of kina from his car at the Mt Richmond shops in Mt Wellington in October 2013.
This was his second conviction for selling his recreational catch.
He had previously been fined $3250 and lost his diving gear when he was convicted of selling his recreational catch of rock lobster from his car at the same car park in March 2012.
"It's extremely disappointing to see this type of repeat offending. You would hope that people would learn the lesson after being caught and convicted the first time," said Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Compliance Officer Matt Wogan.
The Fisheries Act can ban a person who has been convicted of two serious fisheries offences within a seven year period from all fishing for up to three years.
The sale of recreationally caught fish, or shell fish, is illegal and can hold a sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.
Huge Shell Fish haul busted
Last month, a huge haul of shell fish collected at an Auckland beach has seen a car seized and two women facing serious charges.
Responding to a call from the public MPI fishery officers found the women had gathered 1,162 cockles and 183 whelks, which they attempted to conceal under a ledge on the beach.
A further 960 shucked rock oysters were found inside their vehicle.
The daily legal entitlement for cockles is 50 per gatherer per day. Rock oysters and whelks can be part of a combined limit of 50 other specified shellfish species per gatherer per day.
The vehicle where the rock oysters were found was seized by MPI and inquiries are continuing.
"It is especially puzzling that people continue to offend like this when by sticking to the daily limits provides them with more than enough shellfish for a meal and has no consequence," said MPI Honorary Fisheries Co-ordinator Anna Willison.